Last week, 7-Eleven and drone delivery service Flirtey successfully teamed to make what they said are the first Federal Aviation Administration-approved commercial drone deliveries to customers' homes in the United States. Using an unmanned system, deliveries of snacks were made to two different hungry families in Reno, Nevada.
After receiving orders from the families, 7-Eleven and Flirtey sent their unmanned system to the two families using precision GPS. Upon arriving at each location, the unmanned system gently lowered itself to the ground and dropped off a delivery container for each family. The deliveries, which included a variety of food items from 7-Eleven, including Slurpees and doughnuts, were made to the two families within minutes of each other.
With the success of these deliveries, customers might eventually have the option of simply ordering everyday materials for delivery instead of having to get into a car and make their way to the store. With that in mind, 7-Eleven and Flirtey plan on building off of this major milestone in an effort to expand their delivery services going forward.
“Drone delivery is the ultimate convenience for our customers and these efforts create enormous opportunities to redefine convenience,” said 7-Eleven EVP and Chief Merchandising Officer Jesus H. Delgado-Jenkins via a press release on the company’s website
. “We look forward to working with Flirtey to deliver to our customers exactly what they need, whenever and wherever they need it.”
Flirtey is no stranger to firsts in the world of unmanned systems. In 2015, they became the first company to deliver medical supplies in Virginia, and last month, they were the first company to complete a shore-to-ship delivery.